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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – October 17 2018 Editor’s Note: Here below is a list of the main issues currently under discussion in New Zealand and links to media coverage. [caption id="attachment_297" align="aligncenter" width="640"] The Beehive and Parliament Buildings.[/caption] National Party Richard Harman (Politik): The Chinese businessman and the National Party David Fisher (Herald): National put Chinese businessman up for Queen’s Birthday honour Laura Walters (Newsroom): Zhang Yikun and the alleged $100k donation John Armstrong (1News): Jami-Lee Ross delivered one of parliament’s most ‘brutal, spiteful and disloyal diatribes’ Derek Cheng (Herald): Jami-Lee Ross may be the one who broke the law – Paula Bennett RNZ: Bridges did talk to businessman at centre of donation claim – Bennett John Anthony (Stuff): Wife of businessman Yikun Zhang says they hosted Simon Bridges for dinner Guyon Espiner (RNZ):Bridges’ great escape depends on a good plan David Slack (RNZ): Ross offers another moment of truth Bryce Edwards (RNZ): National’s hollow political scandal entertaining but insignificant Tracy Watkins (Stuff): After a horrendous day, Nats leader Simon Bridges is still standing – for now Jane Patterson (RNZ): A day in Parliament unlike any other Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): In Jami-Lee Ross saga, Simon Bridges comes up short Claire Trevett (Hearld): Burning Bridges or self-immolation of Jami-Lee Ross? Claire Trevett (Herald): Comment: Jami-Lee Ross’ revenge was astonishing and could prove fatal to Simon Bridges Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Just as a hip pocket issues were emerging, National opts for self-immolation Newshub: What do these allegations actually mean for Simon Bridges? Todd Niall (Stuff): Jami-Lee Ross: Controversial from the start Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Jami-Lee Ross and the shadow of Dirty Politics Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ross hurts Bridges in scorched earth approach Zane Small (Newshub): ‘This is about twisted ambition’: Garner explodes on Ross and Bridges Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): ‘Jihadist’ Jami-Lee Ross self-detonates Rhonwyn Newson (Newshub): No harassment complaints against Jami-Lee Ross – Paula Bennett Herald: Kim Dotcom offers message of support to Jami-Lee Ross Dominion Post Editorial: The mutiny, then the Botany ODT Editorial: Truly a bizarre day in politics Brad Flahive (Stuff): Inside the secretive world of political donations RNZ: What happens when an MP quits? Michael Reddell: The corruption of New Zealand politics RNZ: Botany by-election: ‘It’s not as if there is a cult of Jami-Lee’ Todd Niall (Stuff): The battle for Botany: Jami-Lee v the National Party 1News: Jami-Lee Ross faces fight of his life to keep Botany as resignation forces by-election in safe National seat Jason Walls (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern: Botany byelection will be a ‘scrap’ Henry Cooke (Stuff): National Party chaos: The day Jami-Lee Ross burned his bridges Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Explosive allegations before disgraced MP Jami-Lee Ross quits National Party, forcing by-election Herald Editorial: Simon Bridges may yet pay price of Jami-Lee Ross debacle Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): Simon Bridges must quit to save National 1News: It’s ‘a crisis’ for National as Jamie-Lee Ross launches ‘the most extraordinary attack’ on Simon Bridges, says Bryce Edwards Newshub: ‘Jihadi Jami-Lee Ross’ a man without a plan – political commentators Lucy Bennett (Herald): Outcast National MP Jami-Lee Ross expected to lay police complaint over Bridges today Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Jami-Lee Ross to take complaint to police on Bridges today 1News: ‘We can find no proof’ says National Party President as Jami-Lee Ross accuses leader of breaking electoral law over donations Katie Fitzgerald, Mark Longley and Sophie Bateman (Newshub): As it happened: National Party President finds ‘no proof’ of Simon Bridges’ alleged corruption Herald: Electoral lawyer says if Jami-Lee Ross allegations true, Bridges could face jail Aine Kelly-Costello and Brooke Hobson (Newshub): Simon Bridges could face jail if Jami-Lee Ross’ corruption claims are true – law expert RNZ: Fanning the flames: Ross tweets photos of meeting at centre of National allegations 1News: Jami-Lee Ross tweets pics of Simon Bridges and Chinese ‘$100k donor’ as MP accuses National Party leader of electoral fraud Herald: Jami-Lee Ross posts images of Simon Bridges with ‘$100k donor’ Zhang Yikun Herald: Simon Bridges continues to stonewall questions about donations and sexual harassment claims Herald: Who is Jami-Lee Ross? Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): By-election ahead following explosive day for National Emma Cropper (Newshub): Mental Health Foundation slams National MPs for insensitive language Laura Walters (Newsroom): Jami-Lee Ross leaves more questions than answers Derek Cheng (Herald): Jami-Lee Ross accused of inappropriate behaviour for a married MP: Paula Bennett Herald: Police stay quiet on whether Jami-Lee Ross is the leaker Jason Walls (Herald): ‘Pathetic’: Winston Peters comes out swinging against National Leader Simon Bridges 1News: ‘Here comes the punchline’ – Winston Peters plays song ‘Burning Bridges’ to media Herald: Winston Peters’ cheeky response to Simon Bridges-Jami-Lee Ross drama No Right Turn: National’s corrupt electoral practices Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): National looks less like a political party and more like a front for Chinese business interests Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): So when will the NZ Herald call for Simon Bridges to stand down? Ben Uffindell (The Civilian): Judith Collins loses all control of host body 1News: Simon Bridges rejects ‘baseless’ allegations as National MPs vote to expel Jami-Lee Ross from caucus Herald: Simon Bridges responds to Jami-Lee Ross’ ‘corrupt’ claim Newshub: ‘I’ve done nothing wrong’: Watch Simon Bridges respond to stunning Jami-Lee Ross claims Herald: Explosive claims: National sacks Jami-Lee Ross, Simon Bridges denies ‘corruption’ claims Zizi Sparks (Rotorua Daily Post): Todd McClay denies claims he sighted a false electoral return RNZ: Jami-Lee Ross: ‘I believe Simon Bridges is a corrupt politician’ Zane Small (Newshub): Jami-Lee Ross’ most blistering allegations against Simon Bridges Newshub: Watch Jami-Lee Ross’ bombshell statement on Simon Bridges in full Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): NZ opposition leader accused of concealing $100,000 political donation Alex Braae (Spinoff): Jami-Lee Ross accuses Bridges of corruption: the National implosion, explained RNZ: Bridges on caucus support: ’55 MPs today say he is wrong’ RNZ: National Party allegations chaos: what has happened so far Laura Walters (Nesroom): Jami-Lee Ross brings the house down Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Ross quits party before Bridges announces he’s been expelled; Bridges welcomes police investigation into Ross’ claims he’s broken donation disclosure rules Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Jami-Lee Ross has left Bridges’ leadership hanging by a thread Gordon Campbell: On the Jami-Lee Ross Saga Housing 1News: Salvation Army calls for a ‘KiwiBuy’ scheme, predicts growing homelessness, rent rises Ben Leahy (Herald): Salvation Army wants Government to spend $1b per subsiding renters to buy their own home Amanda Saxton (Stuff): New Zealand needs more options for home ownership, Salvation Army says Zane Small (Newshub): Rental demand outstripping home ownership rates in New Zealand – report Eva Corlett (RNZ): Salvation Army wants changes to ‘generation landlord’ Susan Edmunds (Stuff): ‘Bucket toilet’ for garage tenants: The vulnerable Kiwis reforms won’t help Ben Leahy (Herald): Just desperate’: Rental shortage hurting renters, Auckland mum says RNZ: Wellington and Waikato property prices leap to record highs Health Karen Brown (RNZ): Breast cancer patients beg govt to fund new drugs Melissa Nightingale (Herald): Women march on Parliament for funding of breast cancer medicines George Heagney (Stuff): Hope for more memories and breast cancer cure fuel march on Parliament Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): Cancer service may take radiation therapy to Hawke’s Bay and Taranaki Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): Tamihere says Māori are discriminated against by PHOs Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): ACC pays out $1b less to women and is more likely to reject their claims Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Most ACC claims for police PTSD rejected Newshub: ‘Sad and concerning’: Police’s plea after elderly people’s bodies go unnoticed for weeks Stuff: Bodies of elderly men found in homes weeks after they died Herald: Aged care staffing ‘crisis’: 500 registered nursing positions empty Government Colin James: A first anniversary. Will there be a fourth? Zane Small (Newshub): Tax cuts not on the agenda – Jacinda Ardern Foreign Affairs Lucy Bennett (Herald): Aussie PM says he will allow detainees in Nauru entry into NZ – but there’s a catch RNZ: Australia PM said to be considering NZ’s Nauru resettlement offer 1News: Jacinda Ardern says moving Australia’s Israeli embassy to Jerusalem won’t help peace talks in the region Overseas Investment Anne Gibson (Herald): Government wants power to stop sale of big infrastructure to overseas buyers Emma Hatton (RNZ): Government seeks discretion to veto foriegn buyers not in ‘national interest’ Petrol Prices and Commerce Commission market studies bill Gia Garrick (RNZ): National supports Commerce Commission market studies bill Jason Walls (Herald): National does U-turn on its support for a bill after Ardern’s appeal Chris Hutching (Stuff): Fuel price to hit shoppers, EV inquiries take off Education MIkaela Collins (Northern Advocate): Northland principal says it took four years to fill maths teaching post Gill HIggins (1News): Fair Go: English test holding teachers back, prompts petition Jessica Long (Stuff): Students talk online safety and bullying as Facebook and Sticks ‘n’ Stones launches programme Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): ‘We always want to be doing more’ – anti-bullying group aided by $100,00 injection from Facebook Kurt Bayer (Herald): White crosses symbolising 18,000 World War I dead given to NZ schools and playcentres 1News: Group of Auckland mothers on a mission to make free school lunches a reality Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Police probe racist emails to Māori academic Environment and conservation Rachel Stewart (Herald): Climate – Don’t say I didn’t warn you RNZ: DOC shuts 21 tracks over kauri dieback spread risk Herald: DoC presses go on debated tahr cull with 6000 to be killed in next few weeks Matthew Littlewood (Stuff): Controversial Himalayan Tahr cull start confirmed RNZ: Tahr cull to go ahead Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Local farmers help fund $102m Waimea Dam plans Cherie Sivignon (Nelson Mail): Waimea Irrigators Ltd issues replacement prospectus for dam project RNZ: Drop in crayfish stocks worries marine scientists Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): Waikato river-clean up projects receive funding Newshub: Dog dies from suspected 1080 poisoning Transport Laura Dooney (RNZ): Wellington cycleway repair to cost $4m more BusinessDesk: Air NZ on track to be ‘the world’s least unsustainable airline’ Employment Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Some Chorus subbies building ultrafast broadband in breach of visas, one overstayer, Labour Inspectorate confirms Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Whether the living wage can deliver depends on where in New Zealand you live Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Trade Me jumps on living wage pay movement Media Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Māori media set for ‘sector shift’ Māori TV: Māori Broadcasting sector to undergo review Economy and business Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Rising petrol prices could see annual inflation climb to highest since 2011 next year Jamie Gray (Herald): Stronger inflation lowers odds of a rate cut – economists RNZ: Inflation surges to highest level in a year Kelvin McDonald , Tepara Koti (Māori TV): Coca-cola hits sour note with te reo faux pas Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Coke’s New Zealand blunder: Hello, death Local government Richard MacManus (Newsroom): Are we ready for online voting? David Williams (Newsroom): Changes demanded to water report Conan Young (RNZ): Information witheld on Chch water contamination risk – report Kurt Bayer (Herald): Christchurch City Council apologises over failings in management of city’s chlorination Dominic Harris (Stuff): ‘Hope and optimism’ return to coastal Christchurch as consent crisis solution Annabelle Tukia (Newsroom): New slogan could mean new life for Christchurch Geoff Lewis (Stuff): Hamilton developers say new levies will stymie developments Raniera Harrison (Māori TV): Hapū looking to fight plans to relocate central city marae Chris Morris (ODT): Local alcohol policies ‘a farce’, Dunedin mayor declares Primary industries Angie Skerrett (Newshub): Farmer feedback sought in fight against M Bovis Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV): Uawa community moving forward Earthquake strengthening RNZ: Heritage buildings to share $850k quake-strengthening funds Catherine Groenestein (Stuff): Residents of small South Taranaki battle council earthquake strengthening proposal Jenny Shipley and Mainzeal Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): The courtroom drama starring a former PM Tom Furley (RNZ): No legal advice sought over finance from China – Dame Jenny Rob Stock (Stuff): Dame Jenny Shipley wanted Mainzeal recapitalised Other Phil Smith and Daniela Maoate (RNZ): Parliament’s to do list: fuel prices, equal pay, and reviewing convictions Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): ‘Creaking and groaning’ New Zealand energy system poses risk to economy Leith Huffadine (Stuff): One year on from #metoo, the fight against sexual misconduct is far from over Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Prominent Ngāi Tahu leaders receive Queen’s awards Herald: Kiwis most targeted by tech support scams Zane Small (Newshub): New Zealand tops list of most-scammed countries Tamsyn Parker (Herald): We did lose our way’, says ANZ bank boss Shayne Elliot]]>